The Daily Dish

The U.S. housing recoveries — recoveries, not recovery, because there are hundreds of regional and metropolitan housing markets with different trajectories — continue to make slow, painstaking progress. See, for example, Andrew Winkler's excellent summary of the Florida experience. Unfortunately, the only thing moving slower is reform of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were at the center of the bubble and collapse.

What Tax Day Funds: Regulation Edition

Today marks that most melancholy of days for American checkbooks: Tax Day. And it is yet another 15th of April where the funds flowing out of the Treasury will far exceed those flowing into it. While it is natural that such an occasion usually inspires a discussion of our fiscal imbalance, it is also important to examine particular trends in spending and their implications for the most active regulatory programs.

Administration Compliance with the Congressional Review Act

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has the right to review and rescind “major” federal regulations, rules with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more. However, during the Obama Administration, there are likely several rules that impose substantial economic burdens, but instead were labeled “non-major,” including the individual and employer mandates under the Affordable Care Act.

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